Dwyane Wade, Fanhouse, and the World Trade Center

Fanhouse originally quoted Dwyane Wade as saying this:

“We’re going to be wearing a bullseye,” Wade said. “But that’s what you play for. If we lose a couple in a row this season, it will be like the World Trade (Center) is coming down again. When the schedule comes out, people will be looking for the Lakers and Heat, to see when they play us. I feel like I’m a new player in Miami. That’s how excited I am.”

Then the sky started falling down as the quote spread throughout the internet. Fanhouse later added a preface that read:

“Editor’s Note: Because of a transcription error, an earlier version of this story contained an incorrect quote from Dwyane Wade. The full and accurate version of the quote is contained in this story. We deeply regret the error.”

The full quote is now:

“We’re going to be wearing a bullseye. But that’s what you play for,” Wade said. “We enjoy the bullseye. Plus, there’s going to be times when we lose 2-3 games in a row, and it seems like the world has crashed down. You all are going to make it seem like the World Trade is coming down again, but it’s not going to be nothing but a couple basketball games.”

“When the schedule comes out, people will be looking for the Lakers and Heat, to see when they play us. I feel like I’m a new player in Miami. That’s how excited I am.”

That’s quite a drastic difference, Fanhouse. @NBAFanHouse tweeted out a “regret,” instead of an apology:

“FanHouse deeply regrets misquoting Dwyane Wade. Please read his full comments, much less inflammatory or insensitive.”

Obviously, Wade’s comments were unnecessarily overdramatic and insensitive with the mention of the WTC. However, when you change someone’s quote to make the words sound ridiculous, that is just plain irresponsible journalism. Fanhouse and Tim Povtak have just lost a large degree of credibility. Shameful.

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